Sanjay Dutt has been missing off-screen for years now, for reasons known to all. The last film that he starred in was Aamir Khan’s PK. However, as the main lead, his last film was Policegiri, which released in 2013!
Bhoomi has some positives. The film is based on a father-daughter relationship, which makes it a lot easier to draw emotions from the audience. Also, the director is Omung Kumar, who directed Mary Kom and Sarabjit, both films which had at least some appreciation from the audience.
The thing is, Mary Kom had a strong opening and combined with audience appreciation, it reached Semi Hit status at the box office. Sarabjit, on the other hand, had a low opening, and despite some appreciation, had to settle for Flop status at the box office because of how low the opening was.
Unfortunately, Bhoomi will be in the same category as Sarabjit: the film might receive some appreciation from the audience, but the opening will be so low that combined with the fact that there is a big release next week (Judwaa 2), the collections just won’t be enough!
The poor opening is due to the fact that Sanjay Dutt’s star power has declined greatly over the last 10 years, which is natural due to the age factor. His last solo success at the box office was Lage Raho Munnabhai back in 2006, which of course was a Blockbuster.
Haseena Parkar is also releasing this week, a film directed by Apoorva Lakhia and starring Shraddha Kapoor. The problem here is the director himself. Apoorva has directed five films since he started in 2003, and with the exception of Shootout at Lokhandwala (Semi-Hit), the rest of his films have been either flops or disasters at the box office.
Another problem is Shraddha Kapoor’s look in the film. She has become very popular with the masses over the years and is capable of bringing in the audience when she is in a more mass-appealing, glamorous role with a male co-star. In this film, she is not carrying her typical youthful look, which is an obstacle when it comes to bringing in her fans to the cinema halls (particularly the male fans).
Opening-wise, the title does hold appeal for Mumbai, as Haseena Parkar (whom the film is based on) was referred to as the “queen of Mumbai”. The rest of the country will see very poor collections though.
The article has been written by Bobby Sidhu who is a box office enthusiast and have an internship in a tax firm in Canada. You can follow him on Twitter Bobby Sidhu.
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